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O Naturalismo como Atitude: Mach em Disputa com a Metafísica

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Author(s): Antonio Augusto Passos Videira

Journal: Principia : an International Journal of Epistemology
ISSN 1414-4247

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 371;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Mach | naturalism | metaphysics | history of science

ABSTRACT
This article defends the hypothesis that Ernst Mach (1838-1916) employed naturalism (a word he never used) — an attitude which has its origin in Mach’s acceptance of Darwinism — as a weapon against metaphysics, since the former would try to establish evalutions criteria, including those necessary to choose scientific theories, capable of being used by human beings.
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